Family • Cruciferae - Brassica juncea Hook. f. & Thoms. - MUSTARD - Jie cai
|Sinapsis integrifolia West|
|Sinapsis juncea L.|
|Sinapsis brassicata Blanco|
|Sinapsis sinensis Blanco|
|Brassica juncea Hook f. & Thoms.|
|Brassica juncea (L.) Czern|
|Brassica orientalis Blanco|
|Jie cai (Chin.)|
Other vernacular names
|ASSAMESE: Jatilai.||LAOTIAN: Kaad khièw.|
|BENGALI: Sarsapa.||MALAY: Biji sawi , Sawi, Sawi pahit.|
|CHINESE: Gai cai, Tian jie cai.||MALAYALAM: Sarshapam.|
|DUTCH: Junceamosterd, Sareptamosterd.||MARATHI: Mohari.|
|CZECH: Brukev sítinovitá, Hořčice černá sitinovitá.||NEPALESE: Asal raaii, Laahaa.|
|FINNISH: Mustasinappi.||POLISH: Kapusta sitowata.|
|FRENCH: Moutarde brune, Moutarde jonciforme, Chou des Indes.||PORTUGUESE: Mostarda indiana.|
|GERMAN: Brauner Senf, Indischer Senf.||RUSSIAN: Gorchítsa, Gorchítsa sareptskaia.|
|HEBREW: Kruv samrani .||SANSKRIT: Rajika, Sarshapa.|
|HINDI: Sarson.||SPANISH: Mostaza.|
|HUNGARIAN: Indiai mustár.||TAMIL: Kadugu, Katuku.|
|ITALIAN: Senape indiana, Senape bruna.||TELUGU: Sarsapamu, Sasuvulu.|
|JAPANESE: Karashina, Seiyou karashina.||THAI: Phakkat khiao, Phakkat khieo, Phakkat khieo pli.|
|KANNADA: Saasive, Sarshspa.||TURKISH: Yaprak hardal.|
|KHMER: Khat naa.|
Mustasa is an erect, branched, smooth annual, 0.4 to 1 meter high. Leaves are oblong-obovate to oblong-lanceolate, 5 to 15 centimeters long, or in some cultivated forms much larger, thin, irregularly toothed or subentire, the lower ones sometimes lobed or pinnatifid. Flowers are yellow, 6 to 8 millimeters long. Pod is ascending, linear-lanceolate, 1.5 to 3 centimeters long, and somewhat contracted between the seeds. Beak is seedless.
– Widely distributed in the settled areas, in towns and houses, planted and spontaneous.
– Introduced from Asia.
– Now, pantropic; also occurring in some temperate regions.
Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
(1) Brassica Juncea / Brown Mustard: Plants For A Future /
(2) Isolation and Characterization of Juncin, an Antifungal Protein from Seeds of Japanese Takana (Brassica juncea Var. integrifolia) / Xiujuan Ye and Tzi Bun Ng / J. Agric. Food Chem., 2009, 57 (10), pp 4366–4371
(3) Brassica juncea (Rai) significantly prevented the development of insulin resistance in rats fed fructose-enriched diet / S P Yadav et al / Journal of Ethnopharmacology • Volume 93, Issue 1, July 2004, Pages 113-116 / doi:10.1016/j.jep.2004.03.034
(4) Hypoglycemic and antihyperglycemic effect of Brassica juncea diet and their effect on hepatic glycogen content and the key enzymes of carbohydrate metabolism / Jagdish Kumari Grover et al / Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry • Volume 241, Numbers 1-2 / December, 2002 / DOI 10.1023/A:1020814709118
(5) Sorting Brassica names / Authorised by Prof. Snow Barlow / Maintained by: Michel H. Porcher / MULTILINGUAL MULTISCRIPT PLANT NAME DATABASE / Copyright © 1997 – 2000 The University of Melbourne.
(6) Comparison of different extracts leaf of Brassica juncea Linn on wound healing activity / Rajat Malan, Anu Walia, Vipin Saini, Sumeet Gupta* / European Journal of Experimental Biology, 2011, 1 (2):33-40
(7) Phytoremediation of Copper Contaminated Soil by Brassica juncea (L.) Czern and Bidens alba (L.) DC. var. radiata / Naiyanan Ariyakanon* and Banchagan Winaipanich / J. Sci. Res. Chula. Univ., Vol. 31, No. 1 (2006) 49
(8) PHYTOREMEDIATION POTENTIAL OF BRASSICA JUNCEA FOR MUNICIPAL SOLIDWASTE – A CASE STUDY / Srinivas Namuduri, Suresh Kolli Kumar, Nrusimhatharra Srksbl, V. Balaram and T. Shivaji Rao / Fourth International Symposium on Recent Advances in Environmental Health Research
(9) A Study on Antinociceptive and Anti-hyperglycemic Activity of Methanol Extract of Brassica Juncea (L.) Czern. Leaves in Mice / Mohammed Rahmatullah, Taslima Ferdousi Shefa, Labiba Hasan, Md. Tozammal Hossain, Salman Ahmed, Abdullah Al Mamun, Md. Rasadul Islam, Shahnaz Rahman, Majeedul H. Chowdhury / Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, 4(3): 221-225, 2010
(10) In-vitro comparative study of anthelmintic activity of Brassica juncea and Brassica oleracea / Lavanya, Bhaduri; S., Ramya Krishna P.; Nagarjuna, S.; Reddy, Y. Padmanabha / Journal of Pharmacy Research; Sept 2011, Vol. 4 Issue 9, p 2907.
• Pure mustard oil is pale yellow, faintly smelling of mustard with a shard and pungent taste.
• Counterirritant, emmenagogue, rubefacient.
• Considered analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, diuretic, emetic, galatagogue, stimulant.
· Seeds, leaves, oil.
– Leaves eaten as green leafy vegetable, fresh or pickled in brine.
– Excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B.
– Plaster applied to skin is a powerful irritant, rubefacient, and vesicant.
– Applied to unbroken skin, it acts as a counterirritant, producing a sensation of warmth followed by burning pain. Leaves applied externally for pleurodynia and pleuritis, neuralgia, lumbago.
– As a plaster, mustard soothes the pain in gastralgia, colic, neuralgia, lumbago. Also, applied over the epigastrium for hiccupping and vomiting. A plaster over the nape of the neck applied to relieve cerebral congestion.
– Hot-foot bath of mustard (seeds or leaves) for headaches, common cold, and fevers.
– Leaves applied to the forehead for headaches.
– Hip-bath of mustard used as emmenagogue.
– Poultice of mustard leaves or seeds used for neuralgic and rheumatic complaints.
– Pure fresh oil taken from seeds used as stimulant and external counterirritant; applied externally for sore throats, internal congestion, and chronic muscular rheumatism.
– Oil used as embrocation applied to skin in eruptions and ulcers.
– Seeds used as poultice in gout and inflammation.
– Combined oil of mustard and camphor used for muscle pains,
– As an emetic, 4-5 tsp in a cup of warm water.
– Taken internally as condiment, causes a sense of warmth in the stomach, stimulates gastric juice, sharpens the appetite and assists in digestion. In large doses, becomes a gastric irritant, and causes vomiting; as such, used as an emetic in narcotic poisoning.
– In Bangladesh, oil is rubbed on the throat and chest for treatment of common colds with mucus.
– In Java, used as antisyphilitic emmenagogue.
– In China, leaves in soup for bladder, inflammation and hemorrhage.
– In India, leaves used for diabetes. Plant used as anthelmintic, and in treament of alopecia, epilepsy, snakebites, hiccups, and toothache.
• Juncin / Antifungal Protein / Anti-Tumor: Study isolated juncin from the seeds of Japanese takana (Brassica Juncea var. integrifolia). The protein exhibited antifungal activity against Fusarium oxysporum, Helminthosporium maydis and Mycosphaerella arachidicola. It inhibited the proliferation of hepatoma and breast cancer cells.
• Anti-Diabetes Benefit: Study showed feeding of a fructose diet containing 10% Brassica juncea seeds significantly reduced fasting serum glucose, insulin and cholesterol levels. Results suggest that B juncea can play a role in the management of pre-diabetic state of insulin resistance.
• Hypoglycemic / Antihyperglycemic Effect: Study showed the B juncea diet showed significant antihyperglycemic effect in alloxan but not in STZ rats.
• Anti-Diabetic Oxidative Stress: Study of four fractions from mustard leaf (B juncea) showed the ethanolic fraction showed the strongest concentration-dependent inhibitory effect on the formation of advanced glycation products and free radical-mediated protein damage in an in vitro system suggesting a potential protective role against diabetes and/or its complications.
• Wound Healing: Study evaluated leaf extracts for wound healing activity in excision wound model in albino rats. An aqueous extract showed 94.94% maximum percentage of healing compared to control.
• Phytoremediation / Copper Contaminated Soil: Study evaluated the efficacy of copper removal from the soil by Brassica juncea and Bidens alba. The copper removal efficiency of B. juncea (L.) Czern was 11 tmes greater than Bidens alba DC var radiata.
• Phytoremediation / Municipal Solid Waste: Study showed highly promising potential for removal of Pb, Zn, Ni, and Cu by phytoextraction through Brassica juncea. B. juncea is a potential species for phytoremediation of MSW through management and regulation of leaching of toxic elements into soil and ground waters. The plant growth also stimulates the microbial community, degrading contaminants in the soil or making them available to rhizosphere.
• Anti-Hyperglycemic / Antinociceptive: Study of a methanol extract of leaves showed significant and dose-dependent antinociceptive actiity in acetic-acid induced gastric pain writhing model in mice. In oral glucose tolerace tests, the extract also demonstrated significant and dose-dependent glucose lowering activity.
• Anthelmintic: Comparative study evaluated the anthelmintic activity of seeds of B. juncea and flowers of B. oleracea against Pheritima posthuma, using Albendazole as standard. Re sults confirmed the anthelmintic activity of both plants, with Brassica juncea showing more efficient activity.